Kisii University Ordered To Pay Sacked 204 Staff Millions Of Shillings
A Kisumu court ruled that 204 staff were unfairly, erroneously, and unlawfully made redundant, dealing a huge blow to Kisii University and Vice-Chancellor Prof John Akama.
The university, which is in financial trouble, will now have to pay the workers millions of shillings.
The Kisumu Employment and Labour Relations Court ordered the institution to pay each of the 204 former employees compensation equal to seven months’ gross earnings.
Judge Stephen Radido ordered the institution to calculate and file a schedule of terminal benefits payable to each employee under the 2007 Employment Act within 30 days.
“That the respondent, which is Kisii University, pay the dues within 60 days,” ordered Justice Radido.
The university was also ordered to pay the workers’ wages until the ruling was issued.
Within the next 21 days, the respondent is expected to issue certificates of service to each of the 204 employees.
“The awards mentioned above will attract interest at court rates from June 7, 2022 until payment is made in full,” said justice Radido.
Moses Nyandusi, Kisii branch secretary of the Kenya Universities Staff Union (Kusu), said the union has an open-door policy and that as social partners with the institution, they are always accessible for comments on this topic.
“As you may be aware, on September 30, 2020 the university declared 204 Kusu members redundant. The union tried to settle the matter out of court … [but] the employer did not give room for dialogue and consultation …,” said Mr Nyandusi.
He believes that consultations could have prevented or reduced the terminations.
“The union was left with no other option … [but] proceeding to court to question the unlawful, unfair and wrongful declaration of redundancy,” said the unionist.
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“Thank you members for your patience, support, and prayers that lead to today’s justice,” he added. We also acknowledge the contribution of our National Union, led by Dr. Charles Mukhwaya, and the national office to our success.
“Lastly we recognise also our lawyer Mr Cyprian Onyony for the legal guidance and support.”